We've been looking for a compact, good on gas, more than 5 pax vehicle and the Mazda5 is just that. The only vehicle that would come close to it's class is the Kia Rondo and IMO, looks somewhat weird. So far, the 5 has exceeded our expectations. Nice sporty styling, great utility, and standard features in this cute gas-sipper makes this vehicle an excellent value. Some people say that it's underpowered, and probably is with a full load, but it's more than adequate for my driving habits and the manual sport shift makes up for increased performance when needed. This 5 is fun to drive and you can't say that about a lot of minivans! We're very pleased with our 5!
Handling and peppiness. Better than expected gas mileage. Firm, supportive seats and decent ergonomics. Nice stowage spots, too. Cool little thing to drive! Superb value!
Little more cargo room would be nice. Standard factory-tinted windows for the rear and foot rest pedal. I'd like to see that clever fold out seat in the second row offered in Europe/Asia markets to make it a 7 pax.